Richard Hughes celebrates Sole Power’s victory in the  Al Qouz Sprint  during the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Sole Power won the Al Quoz Sprint at the fifth attempt with a customary late surge in the five-furlong Group One at the World Cup meeting in Dubai.Ric(...)

Sole Power enjoyed a career best season in 2014 when Richard Hughes rode him to win the Kings Stand Stakes and the Nunthorpe. Photograph: Inpho

Sole Power will have Richard Hughes on his back when he attempts to win Meydan’s Al Quoz Sprint at the fifth attempt on this Saturday’s Dubai World Cu(...)

Trainers Tom Hogan and Eddie Lynam (right)  after a trackwork session at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Sole Power secured ‘Horse of the Year’ honours in 2014 and a similar programme is likely for the star sprinter in 2015 despite a lacklustre end to his(...)

Trainer John Moore poses with Joao Moreira as the winning jockey  kisses his wife Tasciana Moreira after partnering  Designs on Rome to win The Longines Hong Kong Cup  at Sha Tin. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Irish stars Gordon Lord Byron and Sole Power were out of luck in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, which was won by Aerovelocity.Gordon Lord Byron fared (...)

Horse of the Year Sole Power, ridden by Richard Hughes, breaks away to win the King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot in June. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has described the Government’s recent budget increase to Irish horse racing as an investment, and says he is ai(...)

Craig Williams riding Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron   in Sydney, Australia, earlier this year. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Two of Irish racing’s most stalwart international travellers, Sole Power and Gordon Lord Byron, will both try to make it third-time lucky in Sunday’s (...)

Trainer Tony Martin: bidding to record a Group One  win in France with Clonard Street. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Legendary owner JP McManus and trainer Tony Martin could break dramatic new flat-race ground on Saturday as their star two year old Clonard Street is(...)

Champion jockey Pat Smullen (right) with champion apprentice Colin Keane during racing at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld hailed Pat Smullen as the “professional’s professional” as the rider picked up his seventh Irish champion flat jockeys’ title at Leopardst(...)

Trainer Paul Deegan has high hopes for his charge Avenue Gabriel. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/ INPHO

Paul Deegan is already planning for 2015 with Avenue Gabriel after a valuable win in the Garnet Stakes at Naas yesterday convinced him the best is yet(...)

 Free Eagle is set to contest the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot next Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

The Qipco Champion Stakes has been a notably elusive prize for Irish-trained horses with just a single winner in the last 40 years but it is being t(...)